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Location: Taunton, England, United Kingdom

The following ISS sightings are possible from Monday Sep 14, 2020 through Tuesday Sep 29, 2020

Date Visible Max Height Appears Disappears Share Event
Thu Sep 17, 9:25 PM < 1 min 14° 10° above SSW 14° above SSW  
Fri Sep 18, 8:38 PM 3 min 22° 11° above SSW 22° above SE  
Fri Sep 18, 10:14 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above WSW 10° above WSW  
Sat Sep 19, 7:52 PM 4 min 15° 11° above S 11° above ESE  
Sat Sep 19, 9:26 PM 2 min 39° 10° above WSW 39° above SW  
Sun Sep 20, 8:39 PM 4 min 43° 10° above SW 30° above ESE  
Sun Sep 20, 10:16 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above W 15° above W  
Mon Sep 21, 7:52 PM 6 min 31° 10° above SSW 10° above E  
Mon Sep 21, 9:28 PM 3 min 54° 10° above WSW 54° above WSW  
Tue Sep 22, 8:41 PM 4 min 75° 10° above WSW 41° above E  
Tue Sep 22, 10:18 PM < 1 min 15° 10° above W 15° above W  
Wed Sep 23, 7:54 PM 6 min 58° 12° above WSW 11° above E  
Wed Sep 23, 9:31 PM 2 min 42° 15° above W 42° above W  
Thu Sep 24, 8:45 PM 3 min 81° 27° above W 42° above ENE  
Thu Sep 24, 10:20 PM < 1 min 12° 10° above W 12° above W  
Fri Sep 25, 7:57 PM 4 min 88° 34° above WSW 15° above E  
Fri Sep 25, 9:33 PM 1 min 42° 18° above W 42° above WNW  
Sat Sep 26, 8:47 PM 2 min 79° 27° above W 54° above ENE  
Sat Sep 26, 10:22 PM < 1 min 10° 10° above W 10° above W  
Sun Sep 27, 8:00 PM 3 min 77° 42° above W 18° above E  
Sun Sep 27, 9:35 PM 1 min 33° 18° above W 33° above W  
Mon Sep 28, 8:49 PM 2 min 82° 27° above W 70° above SE  
2020-09-17 20:25:00.0,Thu Sep 17, 9:25 PM,< 1 min,14°,10° above SSW,14° above SSW|2020-09-18 19:38:00.0,Fri Sep 18, 8:38 PM,3 min,22°,11° above SSW,22° above SE|2020-09-18 21:14:00.0,Fri Sep 18, 10:14 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above WSW,10° above WSW|2020-09-19 18:52:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 7:52 PM,4 min,15°,11° above S,11° above ESE|2020-09-19 20:26:00.0,Sat Sep 19, 9:26 PM,2 min,39°,10° above WSW,39° above SW|2020-09-20 19:39:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 8:39 PM,4 min,43°,10° above SW,30° above ESE|2020-09-20 21:16:00.0,Sun Sep 20, 10:16 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above W,15° above W|2020-09-21 18:52:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 7:52 PM,6 min,31°,10° above SSW,10° above E|2020-09-21 20:28:00.0,Mon Sep 21, 9:28 PM,3 min,54°,10° above WSW,54° above WSW|2020-09-22 19:41:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 8:41 PM,4 min,75°,10° above WSW,41° above E|2020-09-22 21:18:00.0,Tue Sep 22, 10:18 PM,< 1 min,15°,10° above W,15° above W|2020-09-23 18:54:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 7:54 PM,6 min,58°,12° above WSW,11° above E|2020-09-23 20:31:00.0,Wed Sep 23, 9:31 PM,2 min,42°,15° above W,42° above W|2020-09-24 19:45:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 8:45 PM,3 min,81°,27° above W,42° above ENE|2020-09-24 21:20:00.0,Thu Sep 24, 10:20 PM,< 1 min,12°,10° above W,12° above W|2020-09-25 18:57:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 7:57 PM,4 min,88°,34° above WSW,15° above E|2020-09-25 20:33:00.0,Fri Sep 25, 9:33 PM,1 min,42°,18° above W,42° above WNW|2020-09-26 19:47:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 8:47 PM,2 min,79°,27° above W,54° above ENE|2020-09-26 21:22:00.0,Sat Sep 26, 10:22 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above W,10° above W|2020-09-27 19:00:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 8:00 PM,3 min,77°,42° above W,18° above E|2020-09-27 20:35:00.0,Sun Sep 27, 9:35 PM,1 min,33°,18° above W,33° above W|2020-09-28 19:49:00.0,Mon Sep 28, 8:49 PM,2 min,82°,27° above W,70° above SE|

The space station looks like an airplane or a very bright star moving across the sky, except it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. It will also be moving considerably faster than a typical airplane (airplanes generally fly at about 600 miles per hour; the space station flies at 17,500 miles per hour).

Below is a time-lapse photo of the space station moving across the sky.

The International Space Station is seen in this 30 second exposure as it flies over Elkton, VA early in the morning, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls The International Space Station is seen in this 30 second exposure as it flies over Elkton, VA early in the morning, Saturday, August 1, 2015. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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How do I Spot The Station?

What does all this sighting information mean?

Time is when the sighting opportunity will begin in your local time zone. All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.

Visible is the maximum time period the space station is visible before crossing back below the horizon.

Max Height is measured in degrees (also known as elevation). It represents the height of the space station from the horizon in the night sky. The horizon is at zero degrees, and directly overhead is ninety degrees. If you hold your fist at arm’s length and place your fist resting on the horizon, the top will be about 10 degrees.

Appears is the location in the sky where the station will be visible first. This value, like maximum height, also is measured in degrees from the horizon. The letters represent compass directions -- N is north, WNW is west by northwest, and so on.

Disappears represents where in the night sky the International Space Station will leave your field of view.

Astronomical Horizon chart. Click the link for a detailed description of the astronomical horizon and sighting alert messages.